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Turner's Arena was an 1800 seat sports stadium owned by wrestling promoter Joe Turner. It was home to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, precursor to the WWE, hosted important boxing matches, local high school sports events (including with future legends like James Pantos, the first high school athlete to be inducted into the Touchdown Club), musical shows with legends like Dizzy Gilespie and Earl Hines, as well as political events for Black liberation featuring the likes of Paul Robeson.

Publicity for Paul Robeson at Turner's Arena
Publicity for Paul Robeson at Turner's Arena

Courtesy of George Washington Special Collections

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Flyer for Dizzy Gilespie at Turner's Arena
Flyer for Dizzy Gilespie at Turner's Arena

Courtesy of George Washington Special Collections

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Ad for Cortez Peters School vs. Caruso Big Five (featuring Jimmy Pantos) high school basketball game
Ad for Cortez Peters School vs. Caruso Big Five (featuring Jimmy Pantos) high school basketball game

Courtesy of George Washington Special Collections

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Publicity for Paul Robeson at Turner's Arena
Publicity for Paul Robeson at Turner's Arena

Courtesy of George Washington Special Collections

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